directed by WANG BING
TIFF Press + Industry Screenings
September 14- Press & Industry 1- Scotiabank Theatre 6- 12:00 PM
TIFF Public Screenings
September 15- Public 1- AMC 10- 5:00 PM
September 16- Public 2- AMC 10- 2:15 PM
Director of photography – LU SHENG
Editor – MARIE-HÉLÈNE DOZO
Producers – K. LIHONG, MAO HUI, WANG BING, PHILIPPE AVRIL, FRANCISCO VILLA-LOBOS, DIANA ELBAUM, SÉBASTIEN DELLOYE
Art Directors – BAO LI GE, WIANG HONGHUI
At the end of the 1950s, the Chinese government condemned thousands of citizens – considered ‘right wing dissidents’ due their past activities, criticisms of the Communist Party or simply their middle-class backgrounds and families – to forced labour camps. Deported for re-education to the north-west of the country, in the middle of the Gobi Desert, thousands of miles from their families, they encountered conditions of absolute destitution. As a result of backbreaking physical labour, an unrelentingly extreme climate and the most meager of provisions, many of them perished.
THE DITCH recounts their fate – an unflinching account of the very extremes of the human condition.